Marc Roche, a Belgian journalist for Le Point and Le Soir, has claimed the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator has been put under pressure to give the UK a Brexit deal.
The French negotiator Barnier said on Friday that the EU wants an “unprecedented partnership” and an “ambitious trade agreement” with Britain.
Speaking on BBC’s Dateline London, Mr Roche claimed Mr Barnier was under pressure, particularly from the ports and pro-British EU member states.
He said: “There will be an agreement and Britain will become a very big danger for the EU.
“But, on Michel Barnier, rejoice, rejoice, rejoice that there will be an agreement because Barnier is under pressure now from all the Governments of the EU which are pro-British.
“Like Scandinavia, like Germany, Austria, Holland to come with a deal, because there is lots of economic pressure on him.
“The ports, very important lobby, the ports, Holland, Belgium and France are lobbying to have a deal because they don’t want chaos.
“There is the exporters, like the German manufacturers, very interested in the UK market, to keep it.”
Barnier is under pressure now from all the Governments of the EU which are pro-British
Mr Roche also claimed the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator wants to be the man who could “solve” the Brexit conundrum.
He said: “And Barnier himself, because of his hope of replacing the commission President Juncker, have been dashed because President Macron wants Vestager, the Danish Commissioner because she is pro-Europe and woman, young and very good.
“Barnier wants to come out in history with a deal as the man who solved the Brexit conundrum, so rejoice, rejoice, rejoice.”
Speaking during a press conference with the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator on Friday, the Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said he is “confident” that Britain will get a deal with the European Union.
He said: “I think with the good ambition, the pragmatism on both sides, there’s a real opportunity here to grasp.”
Mr Raab added the UK was “committed to the October Council – there is some flexibility but we are committed.”
Speaking in Africa, the Prime Minister reiterated that she would be standing by her controversial Chequers agreement which led to a number of resignations within the Government.
Theresa May said: “The British public voted to leave the EU. We will be leaving the EU on March 29 2019.”